AAON Reports Record Sales and Earnings For 2020
February 25, 2021 at 07:00 AM EST
TULSA, Okla., Feb. 25, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AAON, INC. (NASDAQ-AAON), today announced its results for the fourth quarter of 2020.
Net sales for the fourth quarter 2020 decreased to $116.7 million from $122.6 million in 2019 primarily as a result of this year's six additional days of planned plant holiday closure at the end of December 2020. The Company reported diluted EPS of $0.35, up 6.1% from $0.33 in the prior year period. The Company had a gain of $4.1 million, net of profit sharing and taxes, associated with insurance proceeds related to a damaged roof incurred by adverse weather earlier in the year, which impacted our diluted EPS by $0.08.
The Company finished the quarter with a backlog of $74.4 million. The decline in backlog was related to initiatives made to improve productivity and lead times to meet customer delivery expectations. New bookings in the quarter increased 6% compared to the same period one year ago. As of February 1, 2021, our backlog was approximately $103.8 million, compared to $129.2 million at February 1, 2020.
For the twelve months ending December 31, 2020, sales were a record $514.6 million, an increase of 9.6% compared with $469.3 million in 2019. Diluted earnings per share increased 46.1% to $1.49.
Gary Fields, President and CEO, said, "We are pleased to report all-time record sales and earnings in 2020 compared to any other year in our Company's history. I am especially proud we achieved these results in a year that presented many challenges to the Company and our end-markets. Achieving organic sales growth of nearly 10% while simultaneously improving our gross margins by 490 basis points to 30.3% is truly an achievement. At the same time, we continued to invest in growth as our capex spend for the year was up 82.4%, amounting to 13.2% of sales."
Mr. Fields continued, "Our fourth quarter results demonstrate demand slowed as we finished the year. The outlook for 2021 continues to present uncertainty, especially for the first half of the year. Architectural billings and nonresidential construction starts in 2020 suggest new construction demand will be soft, particularly in end-markets significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic such as the hospitality and office building markets."
Mr. Fields added, "However, new bookings in the fourth quarter still grew year-over-year 6% and demand so far in 2021 has been surprisingly solid. Furthermore, we are starting to see positive signs in our replacement business and certain end-markets like data centers, warehouses and healthcare. We are also well positioned to take advantage of our customers' increased focus on indoor air quality to address COVID challenges, which we expect will drive incremental demand. Finally, ongoing progress in our transition from entrepreneurial leadership to a collaborative team-based management approach, a strengthening sales channel, improved productivity and lead times, new capacity at our Longview, Texas facility and a strong product development pipeline keeps us optimistic on the outlook of our business. While we believe demand will be soft to start the year, we think activity should be moderate in the first half and then accelerate in the second half."
The Company finished 2020 in a strong financial position as evidenced by a current ratio of 3.7:1 at December 31, 2020. We had no debt and unrestricted cash and cash equivalents of $79.0 million as of December 31, 2020. Our capital expenditures during the twelve months ended December 31, 2020 were $67.8 million, as compared to $37.2 million for the same period a year ago, and we anticipate our full-year 2021 capital expenditures will total approximately $70.7 million.
The Company will host a conference call today at 4:15 P.M. (Eastern Time) to discuss the fourth quarter 2020 results. To participate, call 1-833-674-0554 (code 3448509); or, for rebroadcast available through March 5, 2021, call 1-855-859-2056 (code 3448509).